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Social-Science Research on China
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Social-science research on China applies the theories and methods of disciplines such as sociology, political system, psychology, ethnology, economics, and of their derivatives or related fields of knowledge. It is conducted either from the perspective of these subjects, or from within Sinology (Chinese studies in the West). In the latter case, the institutional demarcation has recently increased between Chinese studies with a focus on social science, on the one hand, and classical Sinology with its predominantly historico-philological focu…

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Scharping, Thomas, “Social-Science Research on China”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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